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Houston19514

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  1. You’ve made this claim about the “Cotswald” [sic] fountains before. It was false then and it is false now. Main Street Square Fountain repairs are in process. I believe the Downtown District approved funding for the repairs ($65,000) at their most recent board meeting.
  2. FWIW, Cowboys Fit has 5 locations and the 49ers, Bears and Browns have also started gyms. I would imagine most if not all NFL teams will eventually do the same.
  3. Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Nancy and Rich Kinder Building at MFAH Kinder Lake @ Discovery Green Kinder Institute at Rice University
  4. Pretending that population size is not a factor is just silly. FWIW, the Amsterdam metro area of about 2.5 Million people has a density of about 2,500/square mile. Houston metro's 7.1 Million population has a density of almost 3,000/square mile.
  5. In reality, the residents won’t even be able to see this unless they literally hang their head out a window and look straight down.
  6. We’re working on it (most of the capacity added by the NHHIP is for transit and HOV and our biking infrastructure is improving by leaps and bounds). And of course it’s a little easier to deal with traffic when your largest metro is about 1/3 the size of Houston.
  7. Interesting. Seems like it would be more efficient to do it all at one time.
  8. Probably. It's one of those lame "Studies" that requires a lot of digging to figure out what it actually says. My understanding is that it uses an expansive (and rather illogical) definition of downtown Houston. Who knows how they defined "downtown" in the other cities?
  9. I see a lot of trees and shade structures in there (and the renderings show young trees; they will get bigger over time...)
  10. Purely decorative add-ons are not counted. But they probably could do something like was done with CenterPoint Energy Plaza when it became Houston Industries Plaza. That addition added 90 feet!
  11. Just following up on this earlier reference to United making plans for Terminal B: From United Airlines: "B Terminal Did you think construction was over? Work is underway to determine what we do with the B terminal moving forward when compared to the aircraft sizes we will be flying with United Next. We expect to have some definitive answers by the end of the year. This includes a full look at both North and South as well as the B Lobby, BMU, TSA screening, etc." "The traffic under the new Early Bag System building will open by November 1st, which will give back the lanes of traffic to south terminal road. Once that is opened up, the airport can then begin to build the structure for the new lobby. Completion for E is still slated for 2024.""
  12. From United Airlines (by way of a poster on another forum): "B Terminal Did you think construction was over? Work is underway to determine what we do with the B terminal moving forward when compared to the aircraft sizes we will be flying with United Next. We expect to have some definitive answers by the end of the year. This includes a full look at both North and South as well as the B Lobby, BMU, TSA screening, etc." "The traffic under the new Early Bag System building will open by November 1st, which will give back the lanes of traffic to south terminal road. Once that is opened up, the airport can then begin to build the structure for the new lobby. Completion for E is still slated for 2024."
  13. Indeed it is. And HCAD gave value to the improvements; although the parcel includes both the parking garage and the office building and does not break out the values separately. Given the buildings' condition, I suspect they could have successfully challenged those results. I would guess they are clearing it to increase the marketability (which also supports the conclusion that there is no value in the improvements).
  14. Removing a structure does not necessarily reduce the tax valuation (and in this case probably does not).
  15. More importantly, the Laura was the boat the Allen brothers used in early 1837 to demonstrate that Buffalo Bayou was a navigable river as far as their town site (Allen's Landing).
  16. For a point of reference, the conversion to hotel of 12 floors of the 52-story IBM Plaza referenced above was in the neighborhood of $200 Million (with completion 9 years ago). That was an interesting deal in that the hotel developer actually bought the 12 floors from the building owner (for $45 Million) and then spent the $175 Million on the conversion to hotel. The rest of the building stayed with the prior owner/seller and remained as office space.
  17. Or office + hotel, as was done with the former IBM Plaza in Chicago. I just remembered there was some talk a couple years back about the possible development of a hotel by Sam Houston Park. . . Part of Heritage Plaza could be ideal for that. However, IIRC, they had a pretty extensive upgrade/remodel in recent years, so it seems unlikely they would be looking for conversion possibilities at this time. But of course it all depends on their occupancy rate... Haven't been able to find that, but with Deloitte and EOG, they might be among the healthier downtown buildings. (It looks like EOG and Deloitte lease almost half the building.) And of course what Texaco had, they let go 17 years ago. I suspect Brookfield has backfilled most of that by now... ;-)
  18. This is part of a 10-gate expansion plan for Terminal A and an additional 6 or 7 gates for Terminal D.
  19. It's a little unfair to summarize the lawsuit as being "due to not paying taxes...". The very first sentence of the linked decision says the lawsuit was brought by The Doctors Club seeking a refund of taxes paid. Also, lest people get the impression the club went out of business because it didn't pay its taxes or in any way in connection with the referenced lawsuit, the linked information tells us that this lawsuit was in 1960. The club voluntarily dissolved as a legal entity in 2003.
  20. Wouldn't it be unusual to install sheetrock and insulation before the building is closed in?
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